I got too curious.
Seeing a flood of The Founder of Diabolism (let me call it MDZS for the rest of the post) tweets on my Twitter timeline piqued my curiosity. I didn’t understand what it was and even after poking around the internet, it looked like something I wouldn’t be interested (ha!) so I ignored it. But since I was drowning in feels after reading Grabbing your hand, dragging you away novel, I needed a filler. So I somehow found my way to MDZS again.
The Founder of Diabolism in a nutshell:
From Novel Updates page:
As the grandmaster who founded demonic cultivation, Wei WuXian roamed the world in his wanton ways, hated by millions for the chaos he created. In the end, he was backstabbed by his dearest shidi and killed by powerful clans that combined to overpower him.
He incarnates into the body of a lunatic who was abandoned by his clan and is later, unwillingly, taken away by a famous cultivator among the sects—Lan WangJi, his archenemy.
This marks the start of a thrilling yet hilarious journey of attacking monsters, solving mysteries, and raising children. From the mutual flirtation along the way, Wei WuXian slowly realizes that Lan WangJi, a seemingly haughty and indifferent poker-face, holds more feelings for Wei WuXian than he is letting on…
Might contain spoilers so proceed with caution!
Initially, I only wanted to watch the anime. After 3 episodes, the anime veered to a flashback that ran through the entire season. At the time, my main concern was how would Wei Wuxian (WWX) live in the Cloud Recesses under the pretense of a lunatic. Also, how was he going to treat Lan WangJi (LWJ) when they’re like fire and water in his previous life. And their journey to find the mystery of the hand that appeared in Mo Village was intriguing. Seeing that the anime was not going to give the answers to my questions and satisfy my quench for more LWJ and WWX moments, I turned to the novel.
However, the novel gave me frustrations on a different matter. The storyline alternated between the present timeline (reincarnated WWX) and WWX’s previous life. Mind you, the backstories were not just ‘flashbacks’. They were different story arcs! That took me a while to get used to. 😣
So I read somewhere that WWX was the uke and LWJ was the seme and I just couldn’t believe it. Actually, that was another reason why I wanted to read the novel. I wanted to know how did that happen. With looks as beautiful and as fragile as LWJ, I couldn’t picture him as the top. He was so much more of a bottom in my eyes. Then again, WWX was not the receiving type as well. But, according to the spoilers, he really was. A naughty, active uke and a reserved seme? Interesting. 😍
Their romance was a slow burn. And yes, I was burning from frustration like seriously, when are you going to confess to each other?! Oh, wait, WWX has to realize his feelings for LWJ first even if he has already gone as far as imagining a domestic life with his seme already. Their moments could be quite short and subtle but enough to show the progress in their relationship. Things like WWX always thinking and talking about LWJ, whether in real life or when he was in the memory of other ghosts.
LWJ though. Talk about dedication. 😳 It’s cheesy to say (I’m gonna say it anyway), but his love for WWX never faltered. Even for a second. Even if everyone saw WWX as a villain. Even if people interpreted his actions as antagonizing the Yiling Patriarch. For him, he was only protecting WWX even if it means he was going to be an enemy in WWX’s eyes. So I guess, this reincarnation, was not just good for WWX but for LWJ too. This would allow him to do things that he couldn’t do before. Say, saving and protecting him for the other people’s blames. And maybe express his feelings too? 😏
I lived for drunk LWJ moments. He was so adorable and possessive which you wouldn’t expect to the usual reserved him. He was like a kid that you couldn’t help but mess with. He wasn’t the talkative drunk. But his actions were definitely loud and clear. They screamed ‘no one touches my Wei Ying!!! Especially you Wen Ning!’ Hello moe gap www.
Speaking of Wen Ning, I couldn’t wait to read the part how he became the Ghost General or even how did he become the ‘General’. He looked like he couldn’t hurt a fly so how did he turn into a killing machine, feared by many? And even after he turned as a ferocious ghost, he is still the cinnamon roll that he is when WWX first met him.
The translated chapter is until chapter 75. I stopped at around chapter 69. I temporarily put this on hold because of the weird reasoning that I have. You see, I wanted to read everything MXTX had written. MDZS was the 2nd novel. So my train of thought was, before completing MDZS, I have to finish the 1st novel. So I paused reading this to jump to the 1st novel. Since I’m almost done with the Extras of the 1st, I’m going to continue reading this soon.
Time for links!
Okay, so if you’re like me, thirsty for more MDZS (more MXTX), you can read the raws on JJWXC site. BUT you don’t have an account. Worry not. Anonfail on Twitter created a guide to the site. Here’s the link.
http://www.jjwxc.net/onebook.php?novelid=2368172 (free until ch24)